Luton airport is gearing up for a record Easter with more than 210,000 travellers expected over the holiday weekend.

More than 58,000 passengers expected to use the airport on April 18 alone.

Popular destinations over the Easter period include Warsaw and Barcelona, which are expected to overtake Geneva and Tel Aviv to enter the top five alongside Budapest, Bucharest and Amsterdam.

The addition of more flights by Wizz Air to Warsaw and a recently-introduced new Ryanair route to Barcelona helped to encourage growth to these cities.

The forecast follows the busiest-ever March for the airport, with numbers up by 10.4% year-on-year to 1.3 million passengers.

April will mark the first time the Luton has handled 17 million passengers in a 12-month period.

Airport CEO Alberto Martin said: “The first three months of 2019 has been a record period and passengers have been experiencing the benefits of our transformation which was completed in December.

“We’re predicting a record Easter with more than 210,000 passengers expected over the Easter weekend alone.”